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Go, Shopee aid frontline workers

Elmer N. Manuel @tribunephl_lmer

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The Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partnered recently to continue the efforts of the government in containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

Dubbed as the Shopee Bayanihan initiative, the partnership between the company and the office of the senator resulted into a donation of 100,000 surgical masks and will soon donate 3,000 FDA-approved COVID-19 test kits to support hospitals and frontliners in their battle against COVID-19.

The 100,000 masks were distributed to over 40 hospitals across Luzon, including public and private hospitals in Quezon City, Makati, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Caloocan, and Manila, as well as in key hospitals in the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, and Batangas.

“It is important for us to tide through this fight against the COVID-19 outbreak as one community. Our medical frontliners and hospitals in the Philippines are working around the clock to contain the outbreak and we applaud them for their hard work and dedication. We are committed to doing what we can to support these medical frontliners, the government, and the wider community during this period,” said Martin Yu, associate director of Shopee Philippines.

Go, on the other hand, said that they laud Shopee for their generous donation and for stepping up their social responsibility efforts to help fight COVID-19.

“Shopee, as an e-commerce platform, helps support our government’s efforts to promote social distancing by ensuring that consumers can get their goods safely and conveniently straight to their own homes. Both the government and the private sector must work together and do what we can to address and respond to the growing threats of COVID-19,” said Go, who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health.

Shopee Bayanihan demonstrates its commitment to provide support to those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the company said that it will continue to work closely with the government and step up its efforts to support them to prevent, detect and manage COVID-19.

The office of Senator Go, meantime, helped identify the target recipients and facilitated the distribution of the donated medical supplies to all the 40 hospitals.

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